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  • Popcorn – A delight throughout the ages

    Updated Apr 27, 2022

    Nathalie Taylor Special to the Village News Popcorn is "as old as the hills," or close. Archeologists in Peru have found fossil evidence of popcorn dating back as early as 4,700 BC. There is also evidence that the Pueblo Native Americans also popped corn about 1,000 years ago. In modern times, Charles Cretors of Chicago invented the steam-powered popcorn maker in the 1890s, setting off America's obsession with the fluffy snack. I guess you could say that Chicago is the...

  • Trupiano's take on the world in pizza challenge

    Updated Apr 7, 2022

    LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Hundreds of competitors from all over the world, and all culinary backgrounds, embarked on a journey to the demo stage at the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas. They have been training for years and honing skill, to return to the International Pizza Challenge. The IPC is a plethora of pizza competitions held over a three-day period, ranging from traditional, non-traditional, pan, Neapolitan, and tandem. U.S. Pizza Team member Tore Trupiano of Mangia e B...

  • Friday night fish fry is back

    Updated Mar 11, 2022

    Lucette Moramarco Associate Editor It had been almost two years since the last Knights of Columbus Fish Fry when they opened the doors of St. Peter's Parish Hall Friday night, March 4. Despite the gap in service, due to the pandemic, people were lined up out the door waiting to buy their tickets when I got there just after 5:30 p.m. And despite the extra fryer, which was bought two years ago before COVID shut down the Lenten dinners, the volunteers in the kitchen couldn't keep...

  • Mardi Gras King Cake – Carnival on a plate!

    Updated Feb 18, 2022

    Nathalie Taylor Special to the Village News As a native of California, I was Mardi Gras-deprived until I turned 30. I first tasted the splash of Mardi Gras when I was visiting a friend who lived near the Gulf Coast, not far from New Orleans. I sampled my first Mardi Gras King Cake on that trip. It was delicious, colorful, and unlike anything I had ever tasted or seen. Adorned with sparkling sugar sprinkles of purple, green and gold, it had a faint cinnamon flavor. I am...

  • French Vegetables

    Updated Jan 10, 2022

    Michele Howard Special to the Village News For a healthy and tasty side dish, try this recipe for French Vegetables which are excellent served with chicken or fish. Ingredients 2 medium carrots 1 bell pepper, red or orange 1 white onion 1 package frozen asparagus French Tarragon Garlic & Herb seasonings Olive oil Instructions Slice carrots, chop bell pepper and onion; cook asparagus and cut in half or thirds. Sauté carrots first in olive oil for about 6 minutes, then add...

  • Fun and simple popcorn treats for the holidays

    Updated Dec 16, 2021

    Holiday Popcorn Snowman The next best thing to building a real snowman, these adorable easy-to-construct popcorn snowmen are sure to be a hit with the kids. Yield: 10 balls, 5 snowmen (2 balls each) Ingredients 10 cups popped popcorn 1 (1-pound) package large marshmallows 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine 1 teaspoon vanilla Decorations: sprinkles, licorice, gum drops, cinnamon candies, etc. Directions 1. Melt marshmallows and butter in a large saucepan. 2. Remove from...

  • VFW Steak Nights are back!

    Nathalie Taylor, Special to the Village News|Updated Jul 17, 2021

    Every second Friday of the month, the tantalizing aroma of sizzling steaks fills the Charles E. Swisher Post 1924 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The luscious 16 oz. rib-eye steaks are charbroiled and cooked to order. "We buy good cuts of meat from local stores," said Post 1924 Commander Chris Ingraham. Meals are served with baked potato, vegetables, salad and a dessert. The price of an entire meal is $18, and payment can be made in the form of cash or credit cards. Guests ma...

  • VFW serves hamburgers your way

    Lucette Moramarco, Associate Editor|Updated Jan 18, 2021

    Every Monday night, area residents can have a hamburger their way, and support veterans at the same time. The Fallbrook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1924 offers a hamburger dinner from 5-6:30 p.m. for a $6 donation. If you want two patties, it's $7. I have had their barbequed hamburgers at the VFW stand during the Summer Nite events downtown and at last year's Fall Festival of Gems on Alvarado Street. They are always delicious, but the hamburger I had this Monday night, Feb....

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    Pumpkins, gourds and squash make fall colorful

    Updated Nov 12, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Halloween takes place during a time of year characterized by earthen-colored chrysanthemums, leaf-lined walkways and crisp autumn air. As colorful as the costumes children wear for trick-or-treating may be, nature's beauty is unsurpassed this time of year, and the scores of pumpkins, gourds and squashes on display only add to that colorful mélange. The Cucurbitaceae family may be best known for pumpkins, squash and gourds, but there actually are 800 species th...

  • Enjoy hot cross buns this Easter

    Updated Apr 3, 2020

    FALLBROOK – A number of foods are enjoyed during Easter celebrations, from hard-boiled eggs to ham to roasted lamb. Sweets such as candies and chocolates also take center stage on Easter Sunday. In addition to these traditional favorites, hot cross buns have become must-haves for many Easter celebrants. Hot cross buns are yeast-based sweet buns that are lightly spiced and studded with raisins or currants. The tops are marked with a cross that is often piped with icing. W...

  • Fallbrook/Bonsall restaurants offer takeout, curbside pickup during pandemic closures

    Will Fritz, Staff Writer|Updated Mar 26, 2020

    Some Fallbrook and Bonsall eateries are shifting to take out, curbside pickup and delivery options amid the rapidly changing coronavirus pandemic. Last week, businesses were operating normally, and many had no plans to shut down in the face of the pandemic. But by Monday, March 16, San Diego County health officials had mandated all bars that do not serve food and all dine-in restaurants to shut down, with restaurants limited to only serving food via drive-thru or pickup....

  • Rainbow Oaks offering roll of toilet paper with to-go orders

    Jeff Pack, Staff Writer|Updated Mar 26, 2020

    Rainbow Oaks Restaurant is hoping a new promotion will help them clean up during a difficult time. The longtime Rainbow eatery is trying to help the community deal with the ongoing coronavirus outbreak by offering much-needed supplies for sale to surrounding neighbors. The community is responding by purchasing the supplies and supporting the restaurant by ordering take out from the restaurant's full menu. The best part, they get a free roll of toilet paper with every takeout o...

  • Avocado Turkey Chili Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

    Updated Mar 19, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Try this dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free dish, Avocado Turkey Chili Stuffed Sweet Potatoes. Adding avocado to the filling makes for a nutrient-dense creaminess under 500 calories that complements the sweet and spicy baked potato; recipe courtesy of Fresh Avocados – Love One Today. For more recipes, visit www.LoveOneToday.com. Avocado Turkey Chili Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Start to finish: 75 minutes Serves: 4 Ingredients: 1 ripe, fresh avocado,...

  • Traditional fish fry adds new features

    Lucette Moramarco, Associate Editor|Updated Mar 13, 2020

    As the Lenten season started Feb. 26, the Knights of Columbus at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church are again serving their Fish Fry & Bake Dinner every Friday night through April 3, from 5-7 p.m. at the parish hall, 450 S. Stage Coach Lane. The dinner is a 30+ year tradition but includes some new improvements. Due to the growing demand for their fried cod, beer-battered shrimp and hand-cut fries, the Knights have purchased an extra-large fryer so they can prepare the food...

  • Da South in ya Mouth serves up Southern food, togetherness

    Jeff Pack, Staff Writer|Updated Mar 4, 2020

    Da South in ya Mouth owner, operator and head chef, Andra Riles said he knows exactly where his passion for food comes from. "Growing up in rural Georgia, my grandma, she was a serious cook, man," Riles said. "She could put anything together. Just watching her, learning from her, that passion comes from her. The way she brought family together, changed people's lives, different things like that. I think that's what resonates with me." That ability to bring people together is...

  • Try a plant-based, dairy-inspired dish

    Updated Feb 28, 2020

    Family Features Special to Village News With the rise in popularity of plant-based diets and dishes, combining them with dairy products can create a superfood power couple. For example, the cheddar cheese found in these vegetarian stuffed peppers helps optimize nutrient absorption from the rice, black beans, corn and tomatoes to create a nutritious appetizer or meal. Find more recipes that combine the goodness of dairy and plant-based foods at www.milkmeansmore.org. Vegetarian...

  • Make a Super Breakfast Avocado Quinoa Bowl

    Updated Feb 21, 2020

    FALLBROOK – This is a super breakfast bowl when you have leftover quinoa. Just reheat the beans and fry the eggs. But even if you have to cook the quinoa, it is still less than 30 minutes to prepare the breakfast. The fresh homemade salsa makes 1 cup, more than what you need for this recipe. Save the rest for a dip or another breakfast such as the bean burrito with avocado. This recipe is gluten-free and courtesy of Fresh Avocados – Love One Today®. For more inf...

  • No Super Bowl Sunday is complete without chicken wings

    Updated Jan 31, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Few events generate as much enthusiasm among sports fans and non-sports fans as the Super Bowl. For sports fans who can’t wait to see the National Football League crown a new champion, the game itself is a must-watch event. For those who aren’t fans of the game, Super Bowl Sunday is still a chance to chow down and socialize with friends and family. There’s no right or wrong way to watch the Super Bowl, but some might consider a Super Bowl soiree without chicken wings a major faux pas. For those who want to avoi...

  • Harlow's brings exciting flavors to Bonsall

    Jeff Pack, Staff Writer|Updated Jan 25, 2020

    It has been quite a while since the announcement of a new restaurant coming to one of our cherished rural communities was met with such big expectations. Harlow's Cocktails, Bar and Restaurant seems poised to surpass them. At the very least, it would be fair to say there's nothing that compares to it within 30 miles, and the chances are good that the swank, but familiar restaurant won't stay hidden in Bonsall for long. Located at the former San Luis Rey Downs Golf Club,...

  • Match food to your favorite brews

    Updated Jan 17, 2020

    FALLBROOK – The rise of craft and home brewing has created more beer flavor profiles than ever before. In fact, there's likely a beer for everyone, whether you're a novice or connoisseur. The Brewer's Association, a trade association that represents small and independent American craft brewers, said that, in 2018, small and independent brewers collectively produced 25.9 million barrels and experienced a 4% total market growth. The Brewer's Association also said that these s...

  • A night out means experiencing the latest trends

    Updated Jan 17, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Who doesn’t enjoy a night out on the town? Restaurants fulfill people’s desires for new experiences and enable them to sample new cuisine they may not prepare at home. The Restaurant Performance Index, a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and the outlook for the United States restaurant industry, reached 101.6 as of May 2019. A value of over 100 is considered a time of good performance. Plus, Toast’s 2019 Restaurant Success Report said 20% of American diners eat out at least once a week, with a whop...

  • Guide to popular herbal teas

    Updated Jan 10, 2020

    FALLBROOK – Tea is a healthy beverage. Black, green and oolong teas get their fair share of health-boosting attention, but a grouping of teas, which technically are not true teas at all, also can be a boon to the body. Consumption of herbal teas predates consumption of Chinese black tea. Since they do not contain leaves of the camellia sinensis, the tea plant, herbal teas really aren’t tea but have been given the tea moniker because they are often steeped in a manner sim...

  • Throw a successful restaurant party

    Updated Jan 1, 2020

    FALLBROOK – People who love to entertain but don't have the space to do so at home often take their love of hosting to nearby restaurants, which there are plenty to choose from between Fallbrook and Bonsall. While much of the work on the day of the party is likely to be performed by restaurant staff, hosting a gathering at a local establishment has its challenges, particularly in regard to planning. It's easy to focus solely on the cost of hosting a restaurant party, as that's likely to be the foremost consideration for h...

  • Snowballs can be made with coconut and popcorn

    Updated Dec 25, 2019

    FALLBROOK – While we usually don't get snow, you can have a snowball fight of a different kind when you offer up treats that even Ebenezer Scrooge would love. Children will need to use the same kind of pressure to make these coconut flaked sweets as they do to meld snowflakes. But packing popcorn with melted marshmallows and butter is easy and edible. Just be sure to allow the mixture to cool before handling. Add a candy cane for an extra pop of flavor and to use up l...

  • Make the holidays a little sweeter

    Updated Dec 25, 2019

    FALLBROOK – What would the holidays be without platters full of homemade cookies? It's that time of year for pulling out favorite recipes and filling the house with delicious aromas and delectable treats. This recipe for "Stareos" from "Classic Stars Desserts" (Chronicle Books) by Emily Luchetti adds a gourmet spin to a popular chocolate sandwich cookie. Stareos Makes 18 cookies Chocolate Shortbread 11/2 cups all-purpose flour Pinch of kosher salt 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa p...

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